A wise person once said, "When we try to predict the future, we can be sure we are remembering the past." Sometimes we need help uncovering the patterns of the past so we are free to envision a different future and act accordingly. Therapy is the perfect place to do this, where there is no judgement and safety and support to explore the past. I view therapy similar to a road trip. The destination is our ultimate goal, but there is so much more we will learn and discover along the way. There might be unexpected detours and left turns, pit stops, and rest areas, but each will have its own wisdom and insights to offer us along the way.
In therapy, we focus on helping you build skills (coping strategies) to handle the hurdles that we all encounter. We will examine old beliefs and ways of being and figure out which patterns are no longer helpful to you so we can create new relationship patterns and beliefs. We will also connect thoughts to feelings and sensation and movement in the body, since we cannot separate them, but often do so in our lives. Putting all of these tools together can lead to a life that feels more manageable and less overwhelming.
To help people process painful (traumatic) experiences, I frequently utilize Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Developed by Pat Ogden, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy provides a framework for building coping skills to manage symptoms of trauma, and when necessary, process past trauma. When people experience trauma, it often happens to our bodies, with little to no narrative or verbal experience, yet that is where many leading therapies work, with words. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy focuses on the sensation and movement of the body to understand the connection to thoughts and emotions. People who do not have words or explicit memories to go with their trauma experiences often find Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helpful for this reason. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy does not need words or memories to be effective. I am trained in Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, an 80 hour training which focuses on working with affect (emotion) dysregulation, traumatic memory, and survival defenses, or strategies.